Swallowtail Spotlight

Swallowtail 007 Main

What better way to showcase the Swallowtail Stamp, than by using the spotlight technique!  This is just one way to use this technique and it’s a beautiful way to accentuate this gorgeous stamp that has been all the rage this spring.

Swallowtail 007 Side

Creative Tips:

  • I stamped my image twice – once on my card front and again on another piece of scrap paper.  Both images were stamped using the Jet Black StazOn pad.
  • I left only a 1/16” border of Basic Black for my card base.
  • The image on the scrap paper I water colored using Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango and Island Indigo Classic Ink Pads.  I used the Aqua Painter to get my achieved look, but you can also use the Blender Pens or Stampin’ Write Markers if you wanted to.
  • Once I had my image colored just as I wanted, I punched several circles out using the smallest circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, a 3/4” and 1” Circle Punches.  I then attached my images to my card sample exactly where they fit to give a spotlight effect. Swallowtail 007 CU
  • Tip – Go outside the lines when you punch – don’t worry if your punched part is off the edge of the butterfly, that gives it a cool look, rather than constraining yourself to just within the lines.

I love the finished result that the Spotlight Technique gives this project.  Now you give it a try!

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Swallowtail 007 Angle

Stamp Sets – Swallowtail (129216c, 129213w)  Ink – Jet Black StazOn (101406), Daffodil Delight (126944), Tangerine Tango (126946), More Mustard (126964), Island Indigo (126986)  Paper – Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045) Cool Tools – Aqua Painters (103954), Itty Bitty Shapes Pack (118309), 3/4” Circle Punch (119873), 1” Circle Punch (119868)

Swallowtail Stamp 129216L

About Ingrid Blackburn


  1. Kathy M. says:

    This is so pretty. I am definately going to try this. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Thanks so much Kathy! You will love trying the spotlight technique in this manner. I have to admit that it’s the first time I haven’t matted the spotlights and I just love the end result! Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂

  2. kristie9975 says:

    This is beautiful. I love this stamp for this technique. This was one of the Make & Takes at StampNation LIVE that I demonstrated and everyone loved it. I love your colorful version. 🙂

    • Oh how fun Kristie! I did this card in my Creative Cards class a few months ago in March – it was a huge hit!! You’re right – this is a GREAT stamp for this technique. 🙂

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